It has been a year of ups and downs but one thing that no one can dampen is our Christmas Spirit! The festive season is once again creeping up on us, quicker than usual this year so do not leave your shopping until the last minute. Make a list (check it twice) and plan exactly what you need to buy instead of battling the crowds on Christmas Eve. Here is our handy guide to Christmas shopping in Dublin to make your shopping experience as seamless as possible.
Don’t forget to book your stay in Aspect Hotel Park West as a great base for shopping, leisure or Christmas parties!
This year, more than ever, It is so important to shop local. Buying groceries, gifts, clothing and food from local Irish suppliers and stores will help to restart the Irish economy in a year when it has been badly hit. Shopping local also means keeping local people employed, keeping Irish businesses open and giving those who have had to close their doors a source of income so they can reopen when the time comes.
Choosing independent Irish businesses has a huge impact on the economy but also allows you to give your loved ones unique and individual gifts instead of mass-produced ones. This year, try to avoid buying from retail giants like Amazon; instead, shop local to make a difference.
Shopping in Dublin City
Dublin City is a shopper’s dream, especially during the festive season. Not only are there a huge number of shops, stalls and shopping centres to find exactly what you are looking for, but the gorgeous Christmas lights also give you a real festive feel. Shop on the North Side of Dublin if you are looking for the biggest high-street names like Topshop, Zara, H&M and of course, Penney’s.
There are gift ideas to suit all budgets and tastes. The South Side is more upper-class shopping, with high-end retailers like Ted Baker, And Other Stories, and the famous Brown Thomas store, stocking all of your favourite designer brands. Close to Stephens Green, you will also find the weird and wonderful Georges Arcade, with shops selling the most unique clothing, trinkets, jewellery, and accessories. You are spoiled for choice shopping in Dublin and it is less than 30 minutes by public transport, door to door.
Shopping in Liffey Valley
One of our closest shopping neighbours has recently been given a huge facelift making it bigger and better than ever. Liffey Valley is approximately 5-minutes’ drive from Aspect Hotel Park West and is a one stop shop for your Christmas shopping. You will find all the high street favourites, like H&M, Marks & Spencer’s and River Island and has Irelands newest and most modern Penney’s store (Primark for our UK visitors). It is an ideal place for a day of shopping with a huge selection of cafes, restaurants and coffee shops to stop and refuel in. They also have a top of the range cinema on-site and unlimited free parking, perfect if you want to make a day of it.
Kildare Village Shopping
If you love designer brands but don’t love the price tags, Kildare Village Outlet Shopping is for you. The outlets not only look the part for a Christmas shopping spree, but you will also come away with some real bargains on designer goods. You will find excellent brands and retailers like Nike, Karen Millen and Benefit, all at heavily discounted rates. Kildare Outlets are located just 35-minutes’ drive from Park West and they offer free parking. We have created a very special offer for your Kildare shopping break, which includes an overnight stay with full Irish breakfast, 10% retail discount at Kildare Village and a complimentary bottle of prosecco to enjoy as you browse through your purchases.
While many of us are shopping online this year, Christmas shopping wouldn’t be the same without a trip to your favourite shopping destination to enjoy the Christmas lights and a hot chocolate while you pick up the last few bits. This year make a night of it with a great value stay in Aspect Hotel Park West. We have some excellent special offers designed for shoppers. If you cannot make up your mind, you can buy a voucher for a loved one to spend in-house on anything from accommodation to food and drinks.
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